A container with 350 bicycles arrived on Goedgedacht farm on a wet and cold Friday in August. The staff working on the bicycle project were all very excited after waiting months for these bikes to arrive.
The bicycles are all generous donations that are organised by Johan Kotze, a South African supporter who lives in Innsbruck in Austria who has established a charity called Dazud bikes and is keen to supply us with bicycles from Austria which he has collected from various people. We salute you Johan and thank you for all the time and effort that you have put into getting these bicycles to us. It has not been easy, filled with endless forms, negations with customs and payments for transport. We really appreciate the effort you put in to getting these bicycles to us.
It is the Goedgedacht Trust’s dream to flood the farming areas of the Swartland and Boland with bicycles. The humble bicycle is a valuable asset in a rural community. It keeps communities mobile and connected. It enables cyclists to go where they want, when they want and without costly transport fees. It’s environmentally friendly. The bicycles we have received as donations are sold at massively reduced prices as part of the project.
It has been necessary to provide workshop facilities to service, repair and maintain these bicycles as they sometimes arrive on the farm in need of some work and they are often unsuitable for our country roads. This work is undertaken at a workshop operating at Goedgedacht farm with two other potential facilities located at the POP centres in Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West. We are dreaming big and want to set up workshops at ALL our POP youth centres where the owners of the bicycles can have their bicycles fixed. In this way, we help farm workers to stay mobile as well as create a few jobs by employing bicycle mechanics. We are also thinking about organising a Tour de Goedgedacht/Franschhoek cycle tour next September! More news about this in the pipeline.